Iconic for London, the suspension bridge and bascule over the River Thames is called Tower Bridge, due to its proximity to the Tower of London. Two upper walkways connect the two towers of the bridge and the operating equipment lies in the base of both towers. Having originally been painted a green/blue color, the tower bridge has preserved its current appearance of blue, white and red ever since 1977, when it was re-painted for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee.

Highlights

  • Walk Into The Walkways – The upper level walkways offer amazing views of London, as they are situated 42 metres above the river. St Katharine Docks, the Monument and St Paul’s Cathedral are all visible, and the panorama can be admired by visitors from this unusual spot. The Walkways have special windows that permit photography without the interference of glass, allowing an optimal photo experience and clear, quality memories.

  • Victorian Engine Rooms – Visitors are invited to the Victorian Engine Rooms to admire the original steam engines that were used to put the lifts into function. They can also virtually live the unique experience of a Bridge lift and admire the rising of the Bascules.

  • Art At The Bridge – The Victorian Engine Rooms and the Walkways are constantly organizing changing art exhibitions. Visit their website to see what’s on at the time of your visit.

Prices

Individual Prices

Adult (16+) £9.00
Children (5-15) £3.90
Students and Seniors £6.30

For Families

1 adult and 2 children £14.10
2 adults and 4 children £22.50
2 adults and 2 children £20.30
2 adults and 1 child £18.00

For Groups

Adults  £7.65
Students and Seniors  £5.65
Children (5 – 15)  £3.40

Prices For Tower Bridge And The Monument

Adult (16+)  £10.50
Child (5-15)  £4.70
Students and Seniors  £7.20

Tips

  • Tower Bridge App – For more information on Tower Bridge, fun facts and games, download the official Tower Bridge App. You can also create images, watch animations of the bridge lifts and solve puzzles at various levels of difficulty. The app provides entertainment for both children and adults, and can be a fun family activity.
  • The Monument – The Monument is also managed by The City of London Corporation, which manages Tower Bridge. Its fascinating history and secrets can be explored within the classroom and outside of it. In addition, the Guy Fox Explore Kit, available for download here, features puzzles and maps, which are very entertaining and fun for children, while still providing a valuable educational experience.
  • Learning – The Tower Bridge learning program is in accordance with the national curriculum and it is suitable for both older and younger children. Workshops include STEM, Bridges and History & Geography. Kids are able to learn about how the steam engines that powered the bridge in the Victorian period worked, as well as the history of the bridge and interesting facts. There are plenty of interesting and rewarding activities to keep them entertained and stimulate their minds. Workshops can be booked here via email or by phone at +44 (0) 20 7940 8397. Please remember the weekly workshops can only accommodate 30 children in a session and must be booked in advance.

Transport

  • Tube – The stations close to Tower Bridge are London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines) and Tower Hill (Circle and District lines).
  • Train – Tower Gateway is the closest Docklands Light Railway station.
  • Bus – Bus routes to Tower Bridge are RV1, 42, 100, 15 and 78.
  • Car – Tower Hill Coach and Car Park is the closest car park to Tower Bridge and is located right next to the Tower of London.

History

Tower Bridge, built between 1886 and 1894, was introduced as an alternative to London Bridge, which for a time was the single way of crossing the River Thames. A competition was launched and a design was chosen out of the 50 submissions. Some of the others are available for viewing at Tower Bridge Exhibition.

The steam-powered bascule bridge was the largest and most complex of its time, with six accumulators storing the power and lifting the bridge in about one minute. The Victorian Engine Room is still available to visitors who are interested in seeing the original steam engines, boilers and accumulators.

The Tower Bridge Exhibition of 1982 allowed visitors to admire the panoramic view from up above in the walkways. Today, the landscape is very different, but still enjoyed by locals and foreigners alike.

Interesting Facts

  • Tower Bridge’s first exhibition at its opening to the public in 1982 was a permanent one and was called The Tower Bridge Experience.
  • The walkways were closed in 1910, because they weren’t being used enough.
  • Although originally painted a greenish-blue, Tower Bridge was chocolate brown before it was painted in its current colors during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.
  • In 1952, the bridge started rising while a bus was crossing it, forcing the bus to leap from one side to another.

13 Reviews

  1. tamara-v
    tamara-v
    Yugoslavia 26 Comments
     -  30 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Very beautiful historic bridge. Totally worth of paying (online preferable) tickets to take a walk on the glass floor and visit the machine room. To avoid the crowd go in the morning time.

  2. infinitesundays
    infinitesundays
    Philippines 25 Comments
     -  27 Nov 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Tower Bridge is such a spectacular sight to behold. If you got disappointed seeing the London Bridge, well Tower Bridge is the opposite. I wandered aimlessly on the bridge at night, it is quite busy, with lots of cars passing through but still worth doing a leisurely walk on the bridge. To appreciate its magnificence, I suggest going down and viewing the bridge from afar. You can also sneak a peek of the famous Tower of London. Lovely and a definite must-see!

  3. dzammit
    dzammit
    Canada 59 Comments
     -  03 Aug 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The view from the Tower Bridge is spectacular and I’d say more impressive than the London Eye…perhaps because of the history of the bridge. I enjoyed touring the bridge but also taking a river cruise on the Thames which gave another view of the structure. As another reviewer points out…there is not much going on for tourists south of the bridge.

  4. Nemanja Popović 45 Comments
     -  28 Jul 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Tower bridge is the most famous bridge in London. Some call it the London Bridge but that’s a mistake, the London bridge doesn’t have the towers. Tower Bridge is a great landmark of London and it’s absolutly beautiful and very vivid. Great place to take a pic so everybody can immediately recognize what place you visited. In the vicinity, you can find lots of places to eat and get your energy up for further adventures.

  5. sattard
    sattard 16 Comments
     -  15 Jul 2017

    It was good

    Tower Bridge is a beautiful bridge – some people call it London Bridge but don’t get all those bridges confused! There isn’t much going on around the bridge, especially on the south side – I used to work there and it’s all over-priced sandwich places. However you can cross over and enjoy the walk along the South Bank… its a long walk but you can go all the way to London Bridge from there. Worth a visit but I think there are more fun things to do in London!

  6. shae23
    shae23
    Australia 115 Comments
     -  03 Jul 2017

    Excellent

    The views of the bridge and from on the bridge are equally awesome. We were told to download the App for our phone while we were there and it was super fun! It can get crowded in summer but I would check it out for sure.

  7. AlanStock
    AlanStock 41 Comments
     -  05 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    I wasn’t expecting much from my Tower Bridge ticket, I mainly just was curious about the inside and wanted to see the views from the top. However I was surprised to find that it has a really interesting history and the well preserved, massive inner workings of the bridge are fascinating to explore. This is actually much better than it first appears and you can spend an hour or two here – plus the views are great up the towers!

  8. lowkey 10 Comments
     -  10 May 2017

    Excellent

    The Tower Bridge is definitely a spectacle. Looking at it with the great River Thames underneath it is amazing. Walking on the walkway is even more amazing. You’ll have a great viewpoint of the city from the top of the bridge.

  9. Sarah 10 Comments
     -  20 Apr 2017

    Needs improvement

    I was extremely psyched to see and cross this bridge as this is one of the most iconic landmarks in London. People often associate this bridge as “The London Bridge” on the popular childhood song. There are a lot of great views from this perspective including that of the Tower of London and River Thames.

  10. ajamoppical
    ajamoppical 10 Comments
     -  14 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    London Bridge is perhaps one of the most prominent landmark in London and I could’t miss it! Me and my friends walked along the bridges despite the roaring vehicles, but the view and the experience was definitely worth it. We didn’t ger to go on top because of the crowd, but still, walking along the famous bridge I only saw in photos when I was a kid is certainly one of the best thing to enjoy (for free!) in London

  11. lindseyg 9 Comments
     -  09 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    I visited London with my family and we didn’t have a whole lot of time, so we didn’t go on the tour. But even just walking across the Tower Bridge is interesting! It gives you some pretty nice views of London (and I hear they’re especially great from the upper walkways)!

  12. jovanovic 12 Comments
     -  27 Feb 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The Tower Bridge tour is amazing. I was just a kid when I was there for the first time and I still remeber the whole tour. It is really interesting. This is one of Londons top attractions!

  13. Celina Tolbert 17 Comments
     -  21 Jan 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    The Tower Bridge has amazing views of London. I would definitely recommend at least walking across this gorgeous bridge.

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